Eshelman steps down as general manager of Shenandoah County Fair

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – Tom Eshelman, general manager of the Shenandoah County Fair, will depart on December 17, 2021.

Eshelman has run the fair for the past 11 years, making him the longest-serving director in the history of the Shenandoah County Fair.

“It’s time for the fair and myself to have a new direction,” Eshelman said. “I really enjoyed my years here in Shenandoah County. I will cherish the many friendships that have been established, the accomplishments that have been made during my tenure and, most importantly, the support that the local community has given me.

In his role, Eshelman was able to acquire funds to replace old stables that burned down in 2013, secure a long-term lease with the Virginia Equine Alliance to host harness pari-mutuel races, manage over 1.1 million dollars in infrastructure upgrades and create Christmas in Valley Drive Thru Park.

Eshelman’s next step will be to work as a Field Representative for the National Rifle Association’s Friends of the NRA Foundation, which will focus on leading fundraisers in Virginia, Southern Maryland and East cost.

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